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5-mile stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway closed after heavy rains cause cracks to emerge

A 5-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed near Deep Gap in Western North Carolina after the recent heavy rains caused cracks to emerge in the road's surface, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
A 5-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed near Deep Gap in Western North Carolina after the recent heavy rains caused cracks to emerge in the road's surface, the National Park Service said Tuesday. Screengrab of photo in Blue Ridge Parkway tweet

A 5-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed near Deep Gap in Western North Carolina after the recent heavy rains caused cracks to emerge in the road's surface, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

"Heavy rainfall has caused slope instability between Mileposts 276.4-280.9," the service said in an alert. "The road is closed in this section until further assessments can be made."

The closed section is in the Carroll Gap Overlook area, ABC-TV affiliate WLOS reported.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway has been closed between mile posts 276.4 and 280.9 – north of Blowing Rock and south of E.B. Jeffress Park. National Park Service

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service warned of the threat of trees toppling in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. The service's Asheville office also warned of the ongoing threat of landslides and flooding.

"Trees on saturated soils have an increased chance of falling," the service said in a news release. "High winds make falling trees even more likely. Saturated soils can also cause mudslides. Additionally, rivers and streams in the national forests are high and flowing rapidly, creating hazardous conditions. "Visitors should use extra caution when recreating on the forest this week," according to the release.

Four North Carolina deaths were attributed to the Subtropical Storm Alberto and more than 50 roads in western N.C. counties were closed last Thursday because of flooding, mudslides and fallen trees.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak
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